A pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run on the 101 Freeway through the Hollywood area Friday morning, prompting the closure of southbound lanes through the entire morning commute.

The incident was reported by Los Angeles police as a “vehicle versus pedestrian” crash around 4:45 a.m. on the 101 Freeway at Vermont Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Friday afternoon, CHP officials confirmed in a press release that the driver fled the scene after the collision.

The grisly scene extended for several hundred yards, indicating the victim, a man, was likely dragged.

Police investigate a fatality on the 101 Freeway
A fatality investigation prompted the closure of the 101 Freeway through Hollywood on Oct. 6, 2023. (KTLA)

“At this time, the cause of the collision and sequence of events are still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol Central Los Angeles Office,” the release said.

The investigation closed the freeway for hours, causing extensive traffic backups as drivers were diverted off the freeway at North Vermont Ave.

The freeway fully reopened at about 10:40 a.m., according to the CHP.

No information about the driver or victim’s identity has been released, nor has the suspected hit-and-run vehicle been disclosed.

Anyone with information is asked to call 323-259-3200.

Sofia Pop Perez contributed to this report.